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Do you love the legendary oddball children's author Dr. Seuss? Well, who doesn't?!

The whole nation marked "Read Across America Day" on Friday (March 2) in honor of what would have been his 114th birthday.

For our part (just a little belated), we'd like to revisit the diabetes tribute I wrote to him, that was actually one of the very first posts published here at DiabetesMine back in March 2005.

FYI: Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991) was an American writer, cartoonist, animator, book publisher, and artist best known for authoring children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. He was born in Springfield, MA, later lived in La Jolla, CA, and brought us such treasures as The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax. There's no evidence that the man had diabetes, but one of my favorite real titles of his is You're Only Old Once! riffing on hospital machines and procedures.

Excerpts from the (Fictional) Dr. Seuss "Fun with Diabetes" Book

(Artwork by aspiring diabetes children's author Yerachmiel Altman)


Lancets! Test strips! Testing now! I can, you can, we know how.

Look! See! Blood drops, one and two and three. Why won't this meter beep for me?

Numbers now. Number's high! 182 — my, oh my!

Out with the insulin, out with the needle. Out with the afternoon snack-n-feedle.

Corrections, ouch. Corrections ooch. Injections 10x/day hurt my hooch.

Up, up, up and down the stairs — Now I'm taking stairs in pairs.

Down with the glucose readings! Down, down, down! I'll have the best numbers in any town.

Funny, now I cannot think... Think what I thunk and my heart begins to sink.

Oops! Up with the sugar level — up, up, up! Glucose tablets, gummy drops, and orange juice in a big, BIG cup.

But, see! High again, that's where I am. Above 150, gosh darn damn.

And on it goes throughout the day. Look, what fun! Come on and play.

But if we sweat, then we must eat. But not a treat! No, not a treat!

Round and round and round it goes, and where it stops could be my toes.

I'd like to keep mine. Yes, that's wise. I'll keep my nerves and feet and eyes.

I'd like to keep them all, mind you... So I'll do what I have to do.

But like it? No, no, no, I say! I do not like the vials, the rules, the thinking, worrying all day...

I do not like it one little bit. Still, I'm glad to LIVE with it.